Free beer! If you get a vaccine at participating WA businesses

When they say poke, we say pint.
Now through June 30, your local taproom can offer a free beer to guests who show proof of their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Washington Brewers Guild, which advocates on behalf of the state’s craft beer industry, introduced its “Pokes for Pints” campaign this week. In addition to the complimentary drink, breweries can participate by hosting a pop-up clinic on location, in conjunction with their local health department.
The catch? The freebie is only available if you receive your first or second dose between May 15, when the state liquor board approved the promotion, and the end of June.
“We were hearing a lot of chatter amongst members that were interested in assisting with the effort,” said Annie McGrath, executive director of the Brewers Guild. “It makes a lot of sense, since breweries are hubs for their communities and have found creative ways to support their communities throughout the pandemic.”
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Trappist Monks Win Water Battle Against Big Business

Trappist Monks Take On Big Business in Spring Water Beer Battle
In a tale of two extremes reminiscent of David and Goliath, a small monastery known for its commitment to manual labor and rigorous prayer schedule is pitted against a multinational corporation backed by one of the wealthiest families in Belgium.
The monastery, Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, is at odds with a neighboring quarry owned and operated by the multi-billion dollar firm Lhoist over a shared water supply. That long-standing battle appears to now be coming to a close, after the monastery won the favor of the court in a ruling that declared that Lhoist lacks the right to “remove or divert all or part of the water which supply the abbey,” The Guardian reports.
The Benedictine monastery in southern Belgium is one of only 14 in the world authorized to brew Trappist beer. The monks utilize spring water that is hand-drawn from a well in the monastery to brew their unique beer known for sweet caramel notes and grainy flavors.
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Free beer, donuts and more with your COVID-19 vaccine

Free beer, donuts and more: 12 reasons to get your COVID-19 vaccine
In a bid to get as many people vaccinated as possible, companies and local governments are giving away these freebies.
Not only will your COVID-19 vaccine assist in protecting you from the virus, but it can get you so much free stuff. Companies, organizations and even local governments are offering incentives to those getting their coronavirus vaccines — all you need is to show your vaccine card.
These incentives are especially helpful in urging more and more people to get both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna shots, as recent data has shown that some people are skipping the second shot. Though the CDC has pointed out mild side effects that most people experience after the second vaccine shot, it still largely does not compare to actually having COVID-19. If having to get two shots is part of the concern, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works in just one dose.
Aside from brands offering incentives, some employers are also offering a perk, whether it’s paid time off or a cash bonus. Ask your own employer if you aren’t sure if there’s a perk — you might be pleasantly surprised. To take advantage of all these perks on offer, you have to do your part and get vaccinated first. Here’s everything your vaccine card will get you.
Via CNET

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 10-16

Support America’s small and independent craft breweries through on-premise purchases
What
The 15th annual American Craft Beer Week returns May 10-16. The national beer holiday, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers – encourages beer lovers to visit their local taprooms, brewpubs, and breweries to purchase beer, whether for on-premise enjoyment, to-go, or delivery.

When
May 10-16, 2021

Where
At local independent craft breweries to support American Craft Beer Week.

Why
Following a tumultuous year with on-premise sales dropping double digits, this year’s holiday honors the creativity, community, and resiliency of America’s small and independent craft breweries by reminding beer lovers that “local beer is better.” As loyal community supporters, many craft breweries responded quickly to the pandemic by producing hand sanitizer for local first responders and collaborating to raise funds for frontline and hospitality workers. Of legal drinking age adults in the U.S., 85% live within 10 miles of a brewery, and craft breweries serve as community gathering places and job creators – providing more than 138,000 direct full and part-time jobs in 2020.

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Shot and a beer: DC offering walk-up vaccines, beverages at Kennedy Center

WTOP – https://wtop.com/dc/2021/05/shot-and-a-beer-dc-offering-walk-up-vaccines-beverages-at-kennedy-center/
D.C. is offering a walk-up vaccine clinic with a free beer afterward.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the event on Tuesday. It’ll be held at The Reach at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.

Participants have to be 21 or older, and the clinic is administering the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Each person who gets the shot will get a free beer from Solace Brewing Company.

The clinic is part of D.C.’s Vaxed for Mom initiative.

Washington State approves beer sales at axe tossing joint

In first for Washington, state finally approves beer sales at Capitol Hill axe tossing joint Blade and Timber
Capitol Hill’s axe throwing bar will finally be a bar. The state liquor board has finally approved Blade and Timber’s application ending years of back and forth between the venue and officials over allowing participants to purchase alcohol at the Broadway venue.
It’s a historic moment, the company says, for beer and axes.
“This victory marks the first time in Washington state’s history to grant a designated axe throwing venue approval to serve alcohol while patrons throw axes,” a release on the approval reads.
Blade and Timber is calling the approval a “pilot” and says sales under its new snack bar liquor license can begin Friday:
The venue will be the first axe throwing experience in the state to pilot serving beer. The approach includes a multitude of measures to prioritize guest safety above all. Safety measures include restricting guests 21 years or older to two beers during their 90-minute axe throwing session. Further, guests are trained by certified staff prior to handling an axe and will throw in fully enclosed lanes.
The decision is a triumph for axe tossers looking to unwind and internet commenters across Capitol Hill who take joy in pointing out the inherent hilarious danger of mixing the throwing of sharp items with liquor. It will also help the Blade and Timber chain continue to operate in Seattle.
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Oldest known whiskey bottle to be auctioned

World’s ‘oldest currently known whiskey bottle’ to be auctioned in June
A bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey that has been dubbed the “oldest currently known whiskey bottle” is set to be auctioned in June by Boston-based Skinner Auctions.

oldest whiskey bottle
Credit: Skinner Auctioneers
The front of the bottle is embossed with lettering that states it’s from Evans & Ragland in La Grange, Georgia. Meanwhile, the back has a typed note taped to it that advises that “This Bourbon was probably made prior to 1865.”

Now, since “prior to 1865” is a relatively open-ended time scale, Skinner’s rare spirits expert Joseph Hyman extracted small amount of liquid using a needle, so that it could be sent off for carbon dating.

The result? Scientists from the University of Georgia and the University of Glasgow judged the most likely date range for the bourbon to be between 1763 to 1803, with 81.1 percent probability.

“The age was a shocking surprise, albeit a pleasant one, for both myself and the scientist,” Hyman told Food and Wine.

The auction will run from June 22 to 30, organized by Skinner Auctioneers.

Meanwhile, we previously reported that whisky brand Fistful of Bourbon would pay someone $100,000 to be its next hand model. “Here at Fistful of Bourbon, we’re looking for a new leading star, someone that can truly wow us with their panache,” said Anthony Bohlinger, US brand ambassador at Fistful of Bourbon. Find out more about that here.

Via The Drinks Business

LIVE YOUR DREAM – GO TO BEER SCHOOL AT SIEBEL INSTITUTE – APPLY NOW

Application Deadline (4/28) Approaching for 2 Siebel Scholarships – APPLY NOW!
In collaboration with the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2021. The scholarships are full tuition grants and come with travel/lodging stipends.

Both scholarships are for the World Brewing Academy (WBA) Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago, November 1-12, 2021. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive program that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The course is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses.

Applicants must be from the states Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. The scholarships are open to both homebrewers and professional brewers.
Note that the full application must be received no later than April 28, 2021.

Complete details and scholarship applications are available at https://siebelinstitute.com/about-us/studying-at-siebel/scholarships

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers to further their knowledge and expertise. The Falconer Foundation has granted 47 scholarships since 2004.

For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook.

Manhattan’s Forgotten Brewpubs

A Short History of Manhattan’s Forgotten First Wave of Brewpubs
“I’ve lived in lower Manhattan my entire adult life,” says Torch & Crown co-founder John Dantzler. “But there wasn’t anyone making the beer here that I wanted to drink. It’s a major discrepancy that we’re in the most densely populated part of the country and there isn’t a brewery built to serve the community.” That wasn’t always the case, however, by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, Manhattan used to be a hotbed for brewing operations. Especially in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
What happened?
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Dogs of Ninkasi Photo Contest!


DOES YOUR DOG EMBODY THE PERSONALITY OF ONE OF OUR BEERS? SHOW US WITH A PHOTO AND WIN SWEET PRIZES!
To enter, share a photo of your dog on Instagram representing one of our beers and don’t forget to tag us @ninkasibrewing so we see it. (Don’t have Instagram? You can email us your entry at info@ninkasibrewing.com.) All entries must be received by July 4th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be selected and announced by July 31st. Good luck!
THE RULES
Photos must include: 1) your dog, and 2) a Ninkasi beer. Bonus points will be given for props and costumes that help embody the Ninkasi beer your dog is showcasing. For example, Penny the Red Heeler above is showcasing Dawn of the Red with Dawn of the Red props. This part is open for interpretation of what the beer means to you.
Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 4th at 11:59pm PST.
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Brewdog CEO Reveals Dragon’s Den Investors Missed Out On £360M Payday

BREWDOG CEO REVEALS DRAGON’S DEN INVESTORS MISSED OUT ON £360M AFTER PRODUCERS REJECTED THEIR SCREEN TEST
James Watt, the CEO and co-founder of craft beer giant BrewDog, has revealed that the Dragon’s Den investors missed out on “by far the best deal” in the show’s history after producers rejected their screen test.
Via The Drinks Business

Beer thieves trash pub when keg heist goes awry

Beer thieves left red-faced, trash pub as keg heist goes wrong
Five beer thieves who attempted to steal kegs of beer left for collection outside the The Twa Tams in Perth, Scotland, trashed the pub after their heist went awry. The robbers attempted to make off with the kegs at around 8.20pm on 13 March, only to discover that they were empty and contained no beer, according to the Daily Record. Realising their error of judgement, four of the five fled the scene but a fifth, apparently incensed, threw a keg through the bar’s antique stained glass window, shattering it.
Via The Drinks Business